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A Backyard Alpaca Farm Wedding

Wedding on an alpaca farm in Ottawa

A red and white alpaca farm wedding.


I’ll admit I like Matt, if you admit you like Mat”, she said. It was their senior year of high school, and Katie and her best friend Laura both had eyes for boys named Matt/Mat. Who would have know that years later, these two would both be engaged to their very own Matt/Mats, and celebrating a wedding at Katie’s family alpaca farm. Still best friends to this day, Laura stood by Katie’s side as she married her high school sweetheart in a catholic wedding ceremony in Cumberland. The evening was spent at a backyard reception on a family property, surrounded by acres of land, honeybees, vineyards, and alpacas, but most of all, it was a day surrounded by love and friendship. This was my very first alpaca farm wedding, but I certainly hope it won’t be my last!

Katie and Matt, thank you for being such lovely people and for inviting me to your family home for your wedding day. Without you, I still wouldn’t know the difference between an alpaca and a llama (hehe) or know just how sweet and gentle these animals truly are. This wedding was a dream come true for me, and I truly hope you feel the same as you look back through these images and remember the amazing celebrations from that day. Much love, A.

Delicate and white details at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
The crimson bridesmaid dresses matched the red in the Canada flag at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
cute brown and white alpacas at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
canada geese flew overhead at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
The tacori wedding bands had the most intricate detail inside the bands at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
DIY wedding invitations made by the bride at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
Crimson bridesmaids dresses from David's Bridal at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
Alternative to dressing gowns at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
the bride's dog was always nearby at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
Solitaire diamond ring with the matching wedding bands at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
bridesmaids had matching burgundy pyjamas on the morning at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa

These girls were some of the sweetest, most genuine friends a girl could ask for. They all stood by her as Katie stepped in to this Pronovias dress from Luxe Bridal.

The white satin buttons on the bride's dress were so delicate at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
Solitaire diamond ring with monogrammed invitations at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
Bridesmaids gift for the bride made her cry at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
The bridesmaids helped the bride get in to her dress at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
The bride received a gift from her future husband at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa

Then it was time for the first look...

The groom's grey suit at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa

Just steps away, Matt waited on the driveway of Katie’s family home to see his bride for the first time…and was it ever a moment!!

The bride walked from the house towards her future husband for their first look at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
her veil was longer than her dress and blew in the wind at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
The groom kissed the bride's forehead after their first look at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
They twirled after their first look at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
First look at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa

These two were total naturals for bride and groom portraits!

Natural portraits at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
lifestyle photography at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
Canada flag bride and groom at the alpaca farm wedding
Canada flag bride at the alpaca farm wedding
Portraits at the alpaca farm wedding
Candid portraits at the alpaca farm wedding in ottawa
Portraits at the alpaca farm wedding
Cathedral veil at the alpaca farm wedding

Katie and Matt chose to get married at St. Margaret Mary’s Parish in a traditional catholic ceremony. She walked down the aisle to the harmonics of Canto Sentimento as every pew in the church was filled with their closest friends and family.

Ceremony at the alpaca farm wedding
Catholic ceremony at the alpaca farm wedding
St. Margaret Mary's parish catholic church wedding ceremony at the alpaca farm wedding
Catholic church wedding ceremony at the alpaca farm wedding
Ceremony at the alpaca farm wedding
St. margaret mary catholic church wedding ceremony at the alpaca farm wedding
Exchanging of rings at the alpaca farm wedding
The ceremony was at st. Margaret Mary's Parish in ottawa followed by a reception at the alpaca farm wedding
First kiss at the alpaca farm wedding and St. Margaret Mary's Parish in Ottawa
Leaving St. Margaret Mary's Parish for the alpaca farm wedding

Back at Wilhaven Ridge Alpcas, we had fun with some formal – and not so formal – wedding party portraits!

Classic bridal party portrait at the alpaca farm wedding
The most beautiful cathedral veil you've ever seen at the alpaca farm wedding
Red david's bridal dresses at the alpaca farm wedding
Elegant white roses with crimson bridesmaid dresses at the alpaca farm wedding
Wind blowing through the bride's cathedral veil at the alpaca farm wedding
This heritage home was a beautiful site for a wedding at the alpaca farm wedding
Red bridesmaids dress with grey suits looks great together at the alpaca farm wedding
David's bridal bridesmaids dresses at the alpaca farm wedding
Candid wedding party photo at the alpaca farm wedding
Red bridesmaids dresses from david's bridal at the alpaca farm wedding
Large bridal party walking shot at the alpaca farm wedding
red bridesmaids dresses with white rose bouquets and groomsmen with grey suits at the alpaca farm wedding
red bridesmaids dresses with white rose bouquets at the alpaca farm wedding
The bridal party at the alpaca farm wedding
The bride's cathedral veil blew in the wind at the alpaca farm wedding

That’s when Marigold – one of Katie’s favourite alpacas – made her appearance! It was amazing how gentle and sweet these animals were.

The bride walked the alpaca down the laneway at the alpaca farm wedding

…just look at that face!! Alpaca love.

Cute alpaca with the bride and groom at the alpaca farm wedding

You may remember these two from their picnic engagement session in the arboretum? These two have been naturals every time they’ve stepped behind my lens!

Vineyard wedding portraits at the alpaca farm wedding
Her elegant white rose bouquet at the alpaca farm wedding
The groom wore a grey suit with a blue tie at the alpaca farm wedding
The bride and groom stood by a fence with a red barn in the background at the alpaca farm wedding
A light grey suit for the groom at the alpaca farm wedding
White rose wedding bouquet at the alpaca farm wedding
The vineyard at the alpaca farm wedding venue
The groom dipped his bride for a kiss at the alpaca farm wedding
The bride and groom at the vineyard of the alpaca farm wedding venue
Bride and groom walked down the rows of the vineyard at the alpaca farm wedding
The bride and groom made posing look easy at the alpaca farm wedding

Their reception tent had to be one of the prettiest I’ve seen – draped white ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and gold chiavari chairs. The finest of details for this day of celebration.

Chickens at the Alpaca Wedding Ottawa
Alpaca Wedding Ottawa
Gold chiavari chairs under the white draped ceiling tent at the alpaca farm wedding
Gold chiavari chairs under the white wedding tent at the alpaca farm wedding
A tent with white ceiling draping at the alpaca farm wedding

When it was time for their grand entrance, Matt literally swept her off her feet…

He swept her off her feet for the grand entrance at the alpaca farm wedding

…and the toasts had us in stitches!

Best father-of-the-bride speech at the alpaca farm wedding
Almond wedding cake at the alpaca farm wedding
Bride and groom say thank you at the alpaca farm wedding
Best father-of-the-groom toast at the alpaca farm wedding
Cutting the cake at the alpaca farm wedding

I just love it when an emcee encourages guests to gather around the dance floor for a bride and groom’s first dance; almost everyone had a front row viewing of these special moments.

The bride and groom embrace for their first dance while surrounded by friends and family at the alpaca farm wedding
The bride's dress had the most intricate lace sleeves with white satin buttons at the alpaca farm wedding

Parent dances were next, and they were full of sweet memories.

Everyone watched as the bride and her father had their first parent dance at the alpaca farm wedding
The guests cheered as the bride and her father took a bow after their father-daughter dance at the alpaca farm wedding
The groom danced with his mother and she smiled at the alpaca farm wedding

Guests were treated to an incredible live band – The Chris Evans Band – who kept the dance floor full, and the country rock music rolling all night long!!

Alpaca Wedding Ottawa
The chris evan band performing live country music at the alpaca farm wedding
The guests had so much fun on the dance floor during the wedding reception at the alpaca farm wedding
Best live country music at weddings in Ottawa at the alpaca farm wedding
The uplighting in the wedding tent was beautiful at the alpaca farm wedding

The Chris Evans Band surprised us all with another slow dance for the bride and groom, and the crowd cleared the dance floor for the newlywed. A second, first dance to end the night – my heart is happy!!

The bride and groom's first dance at an alpaca farm wedding surrounded by wedding guests

To the newlyweds, guests and all vendors at Wilhaven Ridge, thank you for inviting me to celebrate with you and for a fantastic evening with laughter + dancing. It was so much fun; there needs to be more alpaca farm weddings!! x

Thank you to the following vendors for your contribution to Katie+ Matt’s wedding!

Ceremony venue: St. Margaret Mary Church
Reception venue: Wilhaven Ridge Alpacas

Rings: Tacori from La Maison D’or
Bridal hair: Trish, from Carte Blanche

Bridal makeup: Klava Zykova
Event designer: Laima Decoration
Tent: Rebel Tents
Grooms and groomsmen suit store: Indochino
Florals: Ottawa Flowers
Ceremony Live Music: Canto Sentimento
DJ: First Choice Entertainment
Reception Live music: The Chris Evans Band
Photo Booth: Selfiebox
Wedding dress designer: Pronovias
Wedding dress store: Luxe Bridal
Second photography: Nicole Salter
Photography: Amy Sturgeon Photography

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